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Final Determinations in the Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Investigations:
Prestressed Concrete Steel Wire Strand from
Brazil, India, Mexico, Republic of Korea and Thailand

On December 2, the Department of Commerce (the Department) announced the final determinations for the above-referenced investigations. We found that producers/exporters of prestressed concrete steel wire strand (PC strand) from Brazil, India, Mexico, Republic of Korea (Korea), and Thailand sold their products in the United States at less than fair value and that countervailable subsidies exist with regard to exports from India. Also, the petitioners alleged critical circumstances existed with regard to exports from Mexico and Thailand. The Department determined that critical circumstances do not exist with regard to either country.

Background: On February 21, 2003, the Department announced the initiation of antidumping and countervailing duty investigations on imports of prestressed concrete steel wire strand from Brazil (AD), India (AD/CVD), the Republic of Korea (AD), Mexico (AD), and Thailand (AD). On March 17, the U.S. International Trade Commission preliminarily determined that there was a reasonable indication that imports of the products subject to these investigations are materially injuring an industry in the United States that produces the domestic like product.

On July 1, 2003, the Department of Commerce (the Department) announced its affirmative preliminary determination in the CVD investigation on imports of Prestressed Concrete Steel Wire Strand from India, finding a net subsidy rate of 62.92 percent . The Department also announced that the countervailing duty investigation had been aligned with the concurrent antidumping duty investigation. On July 10, 2003, the Department preliminarily determined that products from all five countries were sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Petitioners: The petition requesting these investigations was filed on January 31, by American Spring Wire Corp. (American Spring), (OH), Insteel Wire Products Company (Insteel), (NC) and Sumiden Wire Products Corp. (Sumiden), (TN).

Product Description: For purposes of these investigations, PC strand is steel strand produced from wire of non-stainless, non-galvanized steel, which is suitable for use in prestressed concrete (both pretensioned and post-tensioned) applications. The product definition encompasses covered and uncovered strand and all types, grades, and diameters of PC strand.

The merchandise under these investigations is currently classifiable under subheadings 7312.10.3010 and 7312.10.3012 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and Customs purposes, the written description of the merchandise under investigation is dispositive.

Final Antidumping Duty Margins:
Belgo Bekaert Arames S.A.: 118.75%
All Others: 118.75%
Tata Iron and Steel Company Ltd.: 102.07%
All Others: 83.65%
Camesa: 62.78%
Cablesa: 77.20%
All Others: 62.78%
Republic of Korea
Dong-Il Steel Mfg. Co. Ltd.: 54.19%
Kiswire Ltd.: 54.19%
All Others: 35.64%
Siam Industrial Wire Co., Ltd.: 12.99%
All Others: 12.99%


Final Countervailing Duty Margin for India:
Producer/Exporter Net Subsidy Rate
All Producers/Exporters 62.92 %


Case Calender for Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty Investigations:
Antidumping Duty Investigation Timeline
Countervailing Duty Investigation Timeline
Petition Filed
January 31, 2003
January 31, 2003
Initiation Date
February 20, 2003
February 20, 2003
ITC Preliminary Determination
March 17, 2003
March 17, 2003
ITA Preliminary Determination
July 10, 2003
June 30, 2003
ITA Final Determination
December 1, 2003
December 1, 2003
ITC Final Determination
January 15, 2004
January 15, 2004
Signature of Order*
January 22, 2004
January 22, 2004
*This will take place only in the event of a final affirmative determination from the International Trade Commission.


Import Statistics:
Country Year Volume
Customs Value
Brazil 2000 15,150,608 $6,851,303
  2001 10,425,972 $4,256,067
  2002 11,360,641 $4,383,240
India 2000 4,264,277 $1,867,569
  2001 6,733,545 $2,749,578
  2002 8,412,524 $3,337,349
Republic of Korea 2000 18,896,152 $8,267,560
  2001 19,615,172 $8,202,502
  2002 28,172,356 $11,229,163
Mexico 2000 16,743,713 $10,170,722
  2001 20,539,354 $12,597,969
  2002 24,494,034 $14,576,899
Thailand 2000 815,054 $373,503
  2001 1,864,176 $819,550
  2002 4,243,878 $1,823,355


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